What is the state of meat alternatives? How can we use these to accelerate the end of factory farming?
Lunch: 1:00 - 2:20 pm PDT
Lewis Bollard leads the Open Philanthropy Project’s strategy for Farm Animal Welfare. Prior to joining Open Philanthropy, he worked as Policy Advisor & International Liaison to the CEO at The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Prior to that, he was a litigation fellow at HSUS, a law student, and an associate consultant at Bain & Company. He has a B.A. from Harvard University in Social Studies and a JD from Yale Law School.
Isha Datar is President and CEO of New Harvest, a strategic grantmaking organization accelerating breakthroughs in cellular agriculture. She was a co-founder-level advisor of Muufri and Clara Foods, two cellular agriculture companies making milk and egg proteins in yeast, respectively and an advisor to IndieBio. Trained in cell and molecular biology at the University of Alberta, with a Masters of Biotechnology from the University of Toronto, Isha published a seminal paper on cultured meat, “Possibilities for an in vitro meat production system” and went on to catalyze the industry of animal products made without animals.
Bruce Friedrich is executive director of The Good Food Institute (GFI.org), a nonprofit organization that promotes plant-based and “clean” (i.e., grown in a culture without animal slaughter) alternatives to conventional meat, dairy products, and eggs. Bruce graduated manga cum laude from Georgetown Law and Phi Beta Kappa from Grinnell College.
My objective with my work at veganstrategist.org and www.veganadvocacy.org is to help animal advocates to be the most effective they can be. I write and speak about strategies and communication to reduce animal suffering.
Allison Smith is the Director of Research at Animal Charity Evaluators; an organization dedicated to evaluating the impact of charities which work to improve animal wellbeing. Allison has been involved in ACE research efforts since May 2013,and joined the ACE team in August 2013. She has degrees in mathematics from Carleton College and Northwestern University.
I'm a Research Analyst at GiveWell and the Open Philanthropy Project, and serve on the board at Animal Charity Evaluators. I work on lots of different projects.